Labor without comfort food
April 7, 2011 8:56 PM Subscribe
How can I get through labor without using food for comfort?
posted by vignettist to Health & Fitness (36 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am pregnant and due in around 6 weeks. I was thinking today about going through labor, and it suddenly occured to me that my normal way of comforting myself, when I am in pain or feeling sick, is to use food. Except, that isn't going to work in this situation. I've been to the birthing class and on the hospital tour, so I know that I won't be allowed to eat and I understand why. I'm wondering now if I will struggle more with labor if I am not able to comfort myself in a familiar way. I imagine that I will use focused breathing, and some other physical techniques
(pdf). I guess what I'm wondering is, if you similarly use food as a comfort, and have been through labor, what alternative methods of self-comforting worked best for you?